Food and photography. Two of my favourite things. What's not to love when they are combined?
A little research reveals some of the many things to consider when photographing food - that same research reveals just how many resources there are to help.
Photographing food is an art, and the book Still Life and Special Effects Photography by Roger Hicks and Frances Schultz, according to reviews, contains high-end, magazine-quality photos and techniques. Food as photographic still life.
Some of the important considerations for food photography involve the food itself. Food wilts, fades, melts oxidizes, and gels. How long a shoot will take is dictated by the food itself and the tricks in the photographer's and stylist's bag.
Lighting is a complicated aspect of food photography. Lights are hot; food melts. Shiny dishes and glassware require fancy handling. Food we want to photograph is usually highly coloured - lots of reds and greens. It needs colour balance in order not to look odd.
Lighting for Food and Drink Photography by Steve Bavister offers techniques for lighting issues.
Food styling involves all the elements of presentation - dishes, linens, silver- and glassware, foods and garnish to accompany the star food. All of the things that make the food appealing are in the realm of the stylist. You might say that styling is the hair and make-up for food.
Food Styling for Photographers by Linda Bellingham and Jean Ann Bybee covers the styling bases.
Chinese Veggies Photo
Wine Glasses Photo